British Citizenship

If you’re eligible in more than one way, you can choose which route you prefer. Alternatively, we can advise you based on a brief and confidential assessment of your circumstances.

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Overview of British Citizenship

If you are not already a citizen of the UK, you can apply for British citizenship at any time after turning eighteen. In order to obtain British nationality, you have to prove that you have settled in the country for at least three years, either on EU-settled status or Indefinite Leave to Remain. Moreover, you must prove that you did not violate any UK laws, particularly those related to immigration.

After the approval of your permanent residence application, you will be able to reside, study, and do a job in the UK indefinitely, with no immigration limitations. Also, you won’t be concerned about losing your status when you travel and spend time elsewhere.

Get in contact with our team of qualified immigration solicitors to know more about obtaining settled status in the United Kingdom.

Routes to citizenship

Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

You were born in the UK

You may be eligible to apply for citizenship if you were born in the UK. It depends on when you were born and your parents’ circumstances.

Other ways you can be eligible

You may be eligible to apply for citizenship if:

If you're a Commonwealth citizen

You may be eligible to apply for citizenship under the Windrush Scheme if both:
If your parent arrived in the UK before 1973, you must have either:

Some Commonwealth citizens have ‘right of abode’ in the UK. This means you can live or work in the UK without immigration restrictions.

Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the time, a child needs a visa in order to live in the UK. For instance, if their parent is a foreign national working or studying in the country, the child may need a Child Dependant Visa.

The procedure to become a citizen of another nation is called naturalisation. The process of naturalisation enables foreign nationals to live and work in the UK without being subject to immigration laws. Unless you are of British heritage, you must apply for British Naturalisation to qualify as a British citizen. You have to fulfil a number of requirements before you can submit an application for naturalization. You have to:
  • Possess a minimum age of 18 years old;
  • Be of good character and sound mind;
  • Intend to stay in the United Kingdom;
  • Have a basic understanding of life in the UK;
  • Possess fluency in Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, or English; and
  • Fulfil the five-year required residential requirement (three for British citizens’ spouses or civil partners).
  • You will automatically be granted permanent residence status if you are a citizen of one of the European Economic Area’s (EEA) member states, or if you are someone’s family member who is, and you must continuously exercise your right to free movement within the EEA within the United Kingdom for a period of five years. But before you can apply for naturalization, you have to maintain this status for a full year.
    To make your application valid, you have to pay the full fee. If your request is denied, you will not get a refund. But if you don’t submit your biometric information, your application form will be returned as inapplicable, and your money will be returned less than a £25 processing fee. The following are the new application fees for British Citizenship:
  • The cost of registering as an adult British citizen is £1,126.
  • The cost of registering a child as a British citizen is £1,012.
  • The old naturalization charge was £1,250.
  • The £80 fee for your citizenship ceremony is not included in these prices. If your application for naturalization is denied or withdrawn, you will receive your money back.
  • When submitting your application online, you will be instructed to use a debit or credit card to make the payment. On the other hand, if you use the paper way, you have to pay with a cheque or a credit card using the payment slip.

    When naturalizing as a citizen of Britain, you must also pay to participate in your British Citizenship ceremony. Along with many other new citizens, you will promise to uphold the freedoms, rights, and laws of the United Kingdom. To be known as a British national, you have to be there at this event.

    Instead, you might be able to apply as a British citizen, although there are a number of complex categories here, such as if you are a kid under 18 or a British overseas or overseas territory citizen who has already renounced their citizenship. This covers children born in the UK to non-British parents or children in the country who are under a dependent child visa.

    You can also be eligible to apply for UK citizenship if your grandparents are citizens of the UK. These kinds of cases are complex and decided on an individual basis.

    You can register your children for UK citizenship even though British Naturalisation is only available to applicants who are at least 18 years old. In fact, if your family members now possess Indefinite Leave to Remain, they may be listed on your application.

    Your children, who must be 13 years of age or older, can only apply for Naturalization if they had resided in the UK for a minimum of 2 years prior to submitting the application.

    As soon as you receive your status of settlement, kids who were born in the UK before you obtained ILR or EU Settled Status may be eligible to register for British citizenship. On the other hand, children born in the UK to non-British parents who are already residents of the nation are granted citizenship at the time of birth.

    After getting British citizenship, you would be eligible to request a British passport and will no longer be bound by UK immigration controls.

    The most credible evidence of British citizenship is this; if you don’t have the required documents to apply for a passport, you might be eligible to request for a Nationality Status Document instead.

    British citizenship application and British Nationality law can be very complicated, so it is strongly advised that you seek the assistance of an immigration professional.

    Generally, you can apply to become a British citizen if you’re a citizen of the EEA and you have resided in the UK for five years or longer after your application was submitted.

    After five years of ongoing residency in the UK, you are eligible for established status or permanent residence (PR) without leaving for more than 90 days in any 12-month time. If you satisfy the required requirements—that contain the requirement of English language and not having gone abroad for more than 450 days in your five years there—After 12 months of permanent residency, you will be qualified to submit a request for British citizenship.

    With Brexit approaching the government of the UK intends to alter the criteria for European citizens to register in the country. Citizens must register with the Settlement Scheme to secure their status when the UK quits the EU.

    Your eligibility for citizenship may be affected by past offences and convictions, though this will depend on the specific offence and conviction.

    Speak with an experienced immigration specialist for additional information. Our legal teams can guide when a conviction will run its course and when a person may apply to become a citizen. We can also provide you with advice regarding the impact of your conviction on your application for British nationality, settled status, and permanent residence.

    As per the British Nationality Act, your period of absence from the United Kingdom during the twelve months before the submission of your application for naturalization must not exceed ninety days. It is the basic residency criteria for obtaining British citizenship.

    UKIS counsels and helps many people with their applications for British citizenship. You need either EU Settled Status, ILR, or permanent residence to become a naturalized citizen of the UK. We at UKIS can assist you with your case. One of our experienced solicitors will help you by:
  • Confirming that you have enough supporting documentation to back up your argument by reviewing them;
  • Determining your eligibility for settled status, permanent residency, and British citizenship;
  • Contacting Home Office to get an update on your naturalization or permanent residency status;
  • Drafting a representation letter to go with your documents;
  • Ensuring that you pass your English language test, 
  • Making sure you’re ready to qualify for the “Life in the UK” exam 
  • Make sure to complete every section of the citizenship request form to the best of your ability.
  • Make an enquiry or give us a call at 0203 384 4389 to speak with our expert.
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